The new cover of TIME magazine features actor Elliot Page and his first interview after transitioning.
He told TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz,
“Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Page visualized himself as a boy in imaginary games, freed from the discomfort of how other people saw him: as a girl. After the haircut, strangers finally started perceiving him the way he saw himself, and it felt both right and exciting.”
“I felt like a boy. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday.”
But Page got a part as a daughter in a Canadian mining family in the TV movie Pit Pony.
“I became a professional actor at the age of 10… Of course I had to look a certain way.”
It’s hard for Page to talk about the days that led up to his disclosure,
“This feeling of true excitement and deep gratitude to have made it to this point in my life, mixed with a lot of fear and anxiety.”
Since his disclosure, Page has been mostly quiet on social media. One exception has been to tweet on behalf of the ACLU, which is in the midst of fighting anti-trans bills and laws around the country, including those that ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he’ll sign the bills in the name of
“protect[ing] young girls.”
Efforts to criminalize trans kids are deadly and we need to fight back against Alabama’s HB1/SB10. Trans kids’ lives depend on stopping this bill. Tell Alabama lawmakers to #ProtectTransKids #NoHB1 #NoSB10 @ACLUAlabama— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) March 5, 2021
Page played competitive soccer and vividly recalls the agony of being told he would have to play on the girls’ team once he aged out of mixed-gender squads. After an appeal, Page was allowed to play with the boys for an additional year. Today, several bills list genitalia as a requirement for deciding who plays on which team.
“I would have been in that position as a kid.
During the interview, Page kept playing with his new haircut. It took a while for him to get it cut short… so, how did it feel? Page tears up and then smiles,
“I just could not have enjoyed it more.”
Read the full interview here in the latest issue of TIME.
(Photos, Elliot Page, Wynne Neilly for TIME)